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There is nothing better than sitting down with your child during story time. It is an excellent opportunity for you and your child to experience a good book especially one with a water safety message.

We have combed the internet and found a host of books which feature water safety in different ways. From Beckett Beaver learning about pool safety through to the popular We're Going on a Lion Hunt, all have a positive message about keeping your child safe in, on or around water.

If you have found a book that you think you should add to this list, we would love to hear from you... so click the contact button and tell us the author and publisher.

Where Is Rubber Duckee

Janice Marriott/Ali Teo

Where is Rubber Duckee? has been written to help early childhood educators to generate discussions about water safety with children in their care. Our online companion guide uses the book to help you discuss water safety with your little ones.

 

Available free online:

Book
Companion Guide

 



Beckett Bever Learns About Pool Safety

Lauren Kelley/Emmy Mitchell

When it comes to preventing pool accidents and drownings in young children - especially toddlers - constant adult supervision is a must. In addition, parents can add layers of protection in and around the water by discussing pool safety basics with their kids before they go on holidays or walk through the gates of their local pool. Written by a former lifeguard and swim instructor, Beckett Beaver's simple ‘do’ and ‘don't’ format helps young kids understand pool rules.

 

Available at: Fishpond

 

Berenstain Bears - The Bears’ Vacation

Stan and Ian Berenstain

Written in 1968, The Bears’ Vacation tells the story of a family of bears that encounter various environments including water and going to the beach.

 

Fishpond

Warehouse

Mighty Ape

Paper Plus

Whitcoulls

 

Berenstain Bears by the Sea

Stan and Ian Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears series is a popular selection for all parents. Written in 1998, this book is an introduction to reading for children. With its water themed message, the book is bright and colourful and is especially written for those just starting out their reading lives.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Leo Can Swim

Anna McQuinn/Ruth Hearson

Tells the story of Leo, Leola’s little brother who has just had an adventure at the pool where he learnt to kick, bounce, splash, and dive around like a fish! The story is full of action and sound effects and it introduces children to the pool environment and parent/child swim lessons. Contains diverse families.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Maisy Learns to Swim

Lucy Cousins

Poppy the friendly Hippo is the swim teacher who goes on a journey with Maisy and her friends as they learn to swim.

Introducing the fundamentals including floating, kicking, and blowing bubbles, Maisy Learns to Swim is a perfect read for little children venturing to their first swimming lesson.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Stomp

Ruth Paul

Follow the dinosaurs as they hop, stomp, and roar their way through the pages in various environments including water. The large dinosaur gets to lead out in the adventure with the baby leading them home.

Was a NZ Post book awards finalist.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

The Bomb

Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan

A boy searches for the secret of the perfect bomb. With training from his Nan, an expert and former champion, he achieves an awe-inspiring bomb.  It has a very Kiwi tone in its language and it also has a Te Reo edition. Perfect for four to eight year olds.

Shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2019.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

The Great Kiwi Swimming Puzzle Book

Annette Barry/John Bennett

44 puzzles and hours of water safety activities on how to stay safe in the water.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Things in the Sea are Touching Me

Linda Jane Keegan and Minky Stapleton

A story about two mothers and their daughters at the beach. The young girl cries out when a small crab touches her when she is in the water and it is this theme throughout the book results in the catchphrase “Ma, Golly, oh gee, something in the water is touching me”. This book has a teaching resource available with it. There is also a version recorded online at Radio New Zealand.  

 

 

Froggy Learns to Swim

Jonathon London

Froggy is afraid of water but with encouragement and practice (with a silly song or two) Froggy becomes and expert swimmer. 

 

Available at:

YouTube

Book Depository

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen

It is 31 years since this book was written, it is a classic tale of children exploring their environment. They talk about crossing a river safely and other exciting places.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Healthy me: Keeping Safe

Katie Woolley and Ryan Wheatcraft

Safety tips for children – water and road safety.  A whole section is dedicated to water – swimming, splashing, and paddling. It also includes hints for parents.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Jambari Jumps

Gaia Cornwall

Jambari is ready to jump off the diving board but he is not so sure about it. Lovely story about overcoming water fears and a parent /child story.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Saturday’s Swimming Day

Hyewon Yum

A great story of a young girl who confronts her fears of the swimming pool and with the help of a caring swim instructor she ventures into the pool. A sensitive caring tale of overcoming a fear of the water, the book is a good paring up with Jabari Jumps.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Stewie The Duck Learns to Swim

Kim and Stew Leonard Jr.

Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim is a child’s interactive guide to water safety for children aged two to six years old.

The book was written by parents Kim and Stew Leonard Jr following the death of their son Stewie who lost his life to drowning. From this tragedy came the idea for the book and for them to pledge all proceeds of the book going towards drowning prevention programmes in the USA.

The story talks of a little duck who learns that he cannot go swimming with the bigger ducks because he doesn’t know how.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

Swimming, Swimming

Gary Clement

Full of fun and humour this book tells the story of a young boy and his friends at the pool. It has a song and link to a video demonstration of the book. Aimed at older children.

 

Available at:

Might Ape

Book Depository

 

 
 
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